PESB sets policy establishing the requirements to gain and maintain educator certification which permits teachers, administrators, and educational staff associates to work in Washington schools.
To earn a residency teacher certificate in Washington, candidates are required to pass basic skills and content knowledge assessments. In addition, teacher candidates who are enrolled in PESB-approved teacher preparation programs are required to pass a performance assessment.
Each program is allocated a certain number of vouchers for the WEST-B, WEST-E/NES, and edTPA test takers. Programs may purchase vouchers to provide candidates with full or partial credit toward fees for test registration and preparation resources.
- For programs: purchase additional WEST-B / WEST-E / NES vouchers
- For programs: purchase additional edTPA vouchers
Basic Skills Testing
WEST-B is Washington’s basic skills (reading, writing, and mathematics) test for teachers. Candidates and teachers coming from out-of-state seeking residency certifications includes the WEST-B and alternative assessments like ACT and SAT.
Content Knowledge Testing
Washington uses content knowledge assessments, including the WEST-E, NES, and ACTFL (World language and Bilingual education) assessments, to test subject or content area knowledge and demonstrate competency in an endorsement area for teacher candidates, in-service teachers, and teachers coming from out-of-state seeking any regular teaching endorsement.
School psychologists and school counselors take the Praxis II as a content area assessment.
Teacher candidates who are enrolled in PESB-approved teacher preparation programs are required to pass a performance assessment, the Washington edTPA, to complete their programs. The Washington edTPA includes three rubrics of Student Voice in addition to the national edTPA components.